Garner at Knightdale, 7
It’s championship week in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference, barring a wild final two weeks.
Knightdale has the league’s only unblemished record, while Garner is the reigning league titleholder for the past three seasons.
Both teams have plenty of speed so don’t be surprised by the usual number of big scoring plays from players like Marquavious Johnson, Nathaniel Harvey and Marcell Johnson (22 combined rushing TDs), while Garner counters with Nyheim Hines (28 TDs rushing) and Raekwon Britton (7 TDs).
That speed often shows up with a big special teams play or two in a game like this, so expect that to be the case here as well.
East Wake at Clayton, 7
Clayton healed up somewhat in its off week and begins its push for a high finish in the conference. The Comets could finish as high as second place.
They’ll have to earn it – after meeting the improved Warriors this week, they face Knightdale and Southeast Raleigh.
Damontay Rhem (847 yards rushing, 9 TDs) and Trent Evans (1,485 yards passing, 573 rushing) lead a solid Warrior offense. Evan Finch is the man to watch in the East Wake passing game with eight TDs on the season.
The versatile Eric Hoy (586 yards rushing, 346 yards receiving, 9 total offensive TDs) leads a balanced Clayton offense that also features runners Jace Brown and Rodney Rowe.
Cleveland at Corinth Holders, 7:30
Yes, Cleveland’s route to the Two Rivers 3A Conference is direct as the only team left in the league with a perfect league mark, but Corinth Holders’ route is just as direct, even after its tough double-overtime loss to South Johnston. If the Pirates win starting this week, they’ll get that league title.
Both teams’ defenses will be in the spotlight with the Rams trying to control the Corinth Holders’ passing attack led by Cole Sawoski. The Pirates must figure out how to manage a Ram running game featuring Shrine Bowl pick Isaac Martin.
Two Rivers 3A
Greater Neuse River 4A